Hope, Strength, and Healing for families coping with a child cancer diagnosis

Meet Keaton Kiddo ~ Ryland

Ryland, is 8 months old and was recently diagnosed with Leukemia, a cancer of blood cells and bone marrow, on March 10th, 2020. Ryland is an adorable little kiddo who enjoys watching “Babybum”.

After his diagnosis, Ryland’s family was commuting between Magalia and Sacramento so that he could receive his treatment at UC Davis. During the beginning of his treatment and due to the impact of COVID-19, Ryland’s parents were unable to both be at bedside with him while he was admitted. While mom remained by his side, Ryland’s father continued to commute two hours between Magalia and Sacramento and even rented hotels nearby to be by Ryland’s side. Thankfully, the family is now staying at the Ronald McDonald House while Ryland receives further treatment for the next few weeks!

After connecting with Ryland’s family, the Family Navigator Team has supported the family with a personalized Hope Chest, food cards and Raley’s grocery bag donations. We were also fortunate enough to collaborate with an outside organization, Chicks in Crisis, and support the family with some diapers and wipes donations for Ryland!

Thus far, Ryland has been responding fairly well to treatment and is remaining a strong little fighter!

“As of a few days ago, he is 80% cancer free” – Ryland’s mom, April 28th, 2020

The family has expressed so much gratitude towards Keaton’s and continues to be positive and hopeful! The Family Navigator Team is more than happy to continue connecting with the family during their fight against childhood cancer and throughout their journey!

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Samerah

14-year-old Samerah, best known as Sam has been battling quite the challenging journey, but with the love and support of her family, friends, and community she has been able to overcome so much. At the very young age of 2 months old, Sam was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis. Neurofibromatosis is not an isolated disorder. It causes several different conditions and can lead to the development of tumors on the brain, spine, and the nerves that send signals between the brain and spinal cord.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Pedro

Strong and optimistic Keaton’s Kiddo Pedro has a heart for soccer and music, and he absolutely loves Chick-Fil-A! Being a teen at just 14 years old, Pedro was sadly diagnosed with a brain tumor called Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma. Hear about Pedro’s journey from his point of view.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Blossom

Keaton’s kiddo Blossom is a sweet and sassy 4-year-old who loves slime and all things girly! Her childhood cancer journey began when she was just two years old, diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow.

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